EuroScience President Michael Matlosz explains the challenges of organising the 9th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2020) conference during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will be held in Trieste, 2-6 September 2020 in an innovative hybrid format.
2:15 ESOF2020 initially planned for 5-9 July 2020, postponed to 2-6 September 2020 due to ongoing sanitary crisis
2:38 ESOF2020 is a tool for social and societal dialogue between the scientific community and the general public
3:00 Citizens with expectations from science during the current crisis look at ESOF2020 for informed discussion
3:20 Travel restrictions dictated by the health authorities were the main challenge in the organisation of ESOF2020
3:40 The conference went from a purely physical event to a hybrid event allowing physical and remote participation
4:00 President Matlosz will be physically present at the conference, but 80% of the attendees are expected to be remote
4:15 Hybrid solution shows potential for increased participation, might influence organisation of future editions
4:30 Conference program modified to include sessions on responses to the COVID-19 epidemic
4:50 EuroScience will moderate a symposium on doing research in time of global crisis
5:10 Matlosz: “Responding to this challenge, we created an even more attractive event.”
5:30 Future editions of ESOF will incorporate the lessons learnt from the 2020 challenge
6:00 Registrations open until the day before the event on the ESOF2020 website
More information about the conference here.
Interview and Video by Federica Bressan